“3 Generations” Opening May 12 at Lefont Sandy Springs
Not faring so well is Watts, who flounders a bit here in an underwritten role. Maggie is much less interesting than the other characters. A subplot involving her ex and his brother is unnecessary and lifeless. Sadly, it often overshadows the story of Ray/Ramona. The story of Ray’s transition and the difficulties involved are glossed over for sudsy family drama.
Despite some sharp performances, “3 Generations” is a lightweight and mostly joyless experience. One character whines, “I’m not having a shitty day; I’m having a shitty existence.” There’s a reasonable hap- Above: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, left to right, star in ‘3 Generations,’ opening May 12 at Lefont Sandy Springs. (Photo courtesy The Weinstein Company) py ending here, but it feels unearned and misplaced.
The film’s R rating – later changed to PG-13 – raised some eyebrows initially since there is nothing really warranting that rating. The film has also been meet with some criticism from the trans community for its casting of a cisgender actress in the role of a trans male character. That’s a valid point, but the film has some graver issues. “3 Generations” certainly means well, but isn’t deep enough or courageous enough to make much of an impression.